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Dry Milk Powder in Bread?

Alan32 Jul 14, 2012 08:36 PM

Hello All,

Im new here just by the way.

I was wondering if anyone could enlighten me to what the purpose of Dry Milk Powder is in baked goods. I see it added as a dry ingredient. Is it there to maintain and or add moisture to the products or simply to add some protein to the final product. Thank you for any information.

Thanks again,

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  1. todao RE: Alan32 Jul 14, 2012 11:16 PM

    A bread formula that includes dry milk products can be adjusted to use regular milk. All you have to do is calculate what percentage of the liquid (water) called for in the formula is required to convert the powdered milk to liquid milk and replace that amount of the water with liquid milk. But liquid milk in bread is a two edged sword. It can cause problems with yeast development during fermentation (that's why fresh milk is scalded in may bread recipes - to kill any bacteria that cold damage the yeast) but when used carefully it makes for a lighter softer crumb. If you use dry milk you get around all of those potential complications and increase your chances for a successfully finished loaf.

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      beaker129 RE: Alan32 Jul 14, 2012 11:24 PM

      According to Shirley O' Corriher, dry milk helps gluten development, crust color, flavor and moistness. Certain proteins in milk inhibit yeast development- these proteins are also present in dry milk, which is why you should also reconstitute and scald dry milk. An alternative is to buy a dry milk where the proteins are already de-natured (King Arthur Flour sells one).

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        John Francis RE: Alan32 Jul 15, 2012 12:00 AM

        From Bernard Clayton's "New Complete Book of Breads": "A loaf made with milk has a velvety grain, a browner crust, and a creamy-white crumb. The loaf is softer and stays that way longer than bread made without milk. Milk also complements the nutrients of many doughs. Most of the recipes in this book specify nonfat dry milk because it is easy and convenient to use. All one adds is water. When warming or heating this reconstituted milk, there is no danger of scorching - a common hazard with whole milk. And it is nonfat! But use whole milk if that is your choice."

        Also: "If fresh buttermilk is not a staple in your refrigerator you might wish to keep a can of cultured buttermilk powder on hand. A cup of water and 4 tablespoons of the powder is equivalent to 1 cup of liquid buttermilk." I've never seen buttermilk powder but am thinking about trying it. King Arthur's Flour sells it in 1 lb bags for $9.

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        1. re: John Francis
          pine time RE: John Francis Jul 15, 2012 07:17 AM

          In my market, dried buttermilk is sold with the baking ingredients. Brand I have is Saco, cost about $4. Truth be told, however, I've not had success with it in pancakes, but works well in baked goods.

          1. re: John Francis
            Sparklebright RE: John Francis Jul 17, 2012 03:46 AM

            I also see buttermilk powder at my local Bulk Barn in the spices section.

          2. Antilope RE: Alan32 Jul 15, 2012 09:08 AM

            The only advantage I can see in using powdered milk is you don't have to keep a supply of liquid milk in the fridge. With the cost of powdered milk, that doesn't seem much of an advantage to me.

            When I want bread with a more tender crumb, I add milk or buttermilk or yogurt to it. I use instant yeast or sourdough starter for my bread. When I use milk in bread, I just take it from the fridge and warm it to the desired temperature in the microwave before adding it to the bread. I don't scald it and I haven't noticed and detrimental effects from using warmed, un-scalded milk. I've tried scalding milk before using and I don't see any difference.

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            1. re: Antilope
              Antilope RE: Antilope Jul 17, 2012 01:52 PM

              I made another loaf of bread today, adding 1 1/4 cups of 2% milk from the fridge (warmed to 100F in microwave) directly to the mixer. No scalding. Proofed fine, rose fine to make a great loaf of bread. I can't see the advantage of powdered milk for home use.

              Powdered milk would be an advantage for a bakery so they would not have to keep gallons of fluid milk on hand.

            2. todao RE: Alan32 Jul 15, 2012 09:20 AM

              read the material under the heading "Uses"

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